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1648 Russian Aviators Face Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRussian Aviators Face Mask - We were advised when purchased this mask was used by airmen in exposed crew positions to insulate the face and prevent frostbite and that it dates from circa WW11. We would not profess to be experts on Soviet era flying kit so we will leave it to prospective purchasers to ascertain exactly what we have here . We have however been able to match the mask very closely with a Russian example in an aviation museum so the facts look to be correct. It does not carry a makers label to give any clues although on the elastic straps are two ink stamps but these are not very clear but we can make out a ‘40’ that might indicate a manufacturing date of 1940? The mask itself is in excellent condition and made from soft tan leather with the inside being lined with short hair fur as found on a small rodent . So if you are into Russian flight clothing (or S & M!) this one could be for you!
4798 WW11 Fighter Aircraft Antenna Radio Mast - Click for the bigger picture SoldWW11 Fighter Aircraft Antenna Radio Mast - This is particularly nice example and clearly untouched since coming out of service. Surprisingly it has no data marks on it to help with an ID but our research indicates this to be a model AN-104-A of the type fitted to the P-51 Mustang. The hardwood body is enclosed in the original aluminium sheaf which carries much of the black paint showing service wear particularly to the leading edge. The mast is drilled at the top with a small hole to carry the aerial wire, whilst at the bottom is a female connector for a coax plug to carry the signal to the aircraft radio. The only damage to it is a split in the aluminium sheath on one side only but all in all it is an extremely impressive display item. Sadly the provenance of the aerial has been lost but it must certainly have a story to tell ! Measures 32 “ ( 81 cm )
5357 RAF C type Late pattern Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF C type Late pattern Flying Helmet - This is a fine example of an early post war helmet. Leather is very soft and retains all its original finish and the snaps are all functioning with most of the paint in place .This is a second pattern internally wired C helmet . These first entered service with the RAF ( and allies) in 1944 and was the standard issue helmet for aircrew for the rest of the war and continued post war until the first hard hat helmet was introduced in early 1950’s . The receivers are marked with AM ( Air Ministry ) and a Kings Crown and below 10A/13466.The rubber receiver carriers, often a weak point on these helmets, are very crisp and no degradation at all .The wiring loom is fitted the additional small retaining straps either side of the exit point on the rear of the helmet . A standard bell plug marked 10H/10991 is fitted and like all our stock whilst for sale as a collectable item only we have had the avionics tested and we are told these are all in good working order .The elastic chin strap has a small area of fraying but still retains elasticity. Inside the leather lining is excellent with just minor service wear .Even the inspectors AID approval mark is still visible . The size stamping on this helmet is not clear but believe we can just make out the code 879 stamped in the shell making it a fitting size 3 , the second largest size issued .These helmets in this size and condition are getting increasingly hard to find now and this one is well above the average .
1476 Trench Art Cigarette case - Click for the bigger picture SoldTrench Art Cigarette case - This example appears to have been made from aircraft alloy and has been finely worked by hand. One side features stylised flowers with a very 1930’s deco feel.The reverse carries another flower related pattern with a cartouche in the centre which may have been designed for initials or a name to be inserted but on this one it is blank. The hand made spring catch allows the case to open .Inside is an elastic strip to hold the cigarettes in place . Our feeling is this may have originated in North Africa and made by locals from wartime scrap for sale to the forces as a souvenir but it could also be an example of POW work . Either way it is an excellent example of the genre .Measures 5” x 3” ( 13 cm x 7.5 cm). Please also check out the other military cigarette cases we are listing today

4721 RAF Staff Car Pennant - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Staff Car Pennant - These were flown from official RAF staff cars of station commanders of the rank of Wing Commander and above. It is made from woven fabric in RAF blue with an embroidered RAF roundel to the centre The left side has a reinforced loop section for the flag to be fitted on the flag pole .We are told on RAF owned staff cars the flag pole was fitted by means of a screw in base plate that was permanently attached to the vehicle . On lease cars the flag pole was attached via a magnetic base . In generally good flown condition with minor age wear . The pennant is double sided and measures 12.5 “ x 5.75” ( 32 cm x 14.5 cm ) and the roundel is about 4” diameter ( 10 cm).
5481 City of London 600 Squadron Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldCity of London 600 Squadron Plaque - Formed at Northolt in 1925 as a light bomber squadron in the Auxiliary Air Force. Blenheims arrived in January 1939 and was originally intended to operate both in the day and night role. However, the squadron soon adapted to the night fighter role and was one of the first units to use Airborne Interception radar. 600 Squadron served throughout the Battle of Britain flying from Manston ,Hornchurch and Redhill . Beaufighters replaced the Blenheims in September 1940 and it continued to operate this type until 1945.With the reactivation of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 600 was reformed on 10 May 1946 at Biggin Hill as a day fighter squadron. It was initially equipped with Spitfires followed by Meteors. It was disbanded again on 10 March 1957. 600 is the only squadron in the RAF to have two official badges, this being one of them! The plaque is mounted on a hardwood shield .Some age fading to paint but generally good used condition . Mounting screw hole to font as shown . Shield measures 7” (17 cm )
6001 RAF School of P.T. Uxbridge Course Notebook - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF School of P.T. Uxbridge Course Notebook - Despite its somewhat lacklustre cover the contents of this notebook are superb! It covers the course notes taken by J.S.Wilkinson RAF service nos 542282 who attended number 32 Qualifying Course from 2 August 1938 to 7 October . His Commander is listed as F/Lt A.F.Ingram and Chief instructor is F/O E.J.Bradbury.The course notes , that cover 117 pages, are written in a very neat copperplate script.The notes cover elementary anatomy and physiology and are interspaced with numerous drawings and diagrams including many anatomical drawings , bone structures, , muscles and circulatory system . Part 2 commences with notes relating to Athletics including further sections on Hockey, Athletics ,Football, Tennis, Rugby,Pass ball, and comprehensive notes on Boxing .The final two pages, we suspect drawn when the course was over, show a pastoral scene and we guess Pupil Wilkinson was in need of some R & R after a gruelling 2 months hard graft ! The Royal Air Force School of Physical Training was formed on the same day as the RAF, 1st April 1918, at RAF College Cranwell .The School of PTI’s one of only 2 schools ofthe same age as the RAF still in existence, the other being the Central Flying School. In 1920, the School moved to RAF Uxbridge where it remained until the Second World War. Early in the War the School was closed down - presumably because everyone thought the War would be over by Christmas and there was no need to train more PTI’s! Would make a unique gift for any modern day PTI trainee and a reminder of how things were run in the RAF 76 years ago!
4860 RAF 61 (B) Squadron Presentation Samavar - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF 61 (B) Squadron Presentation Samavar - This is the second example of an RAF presentation samovar of this design we have had in . This one is finely engraved ‘No 61 ( B) Squadron Presented by Squadron Leader J.G.Macintyre 1939'. No. 61 Squadron was reformed in 1937 as a bomber squadron. In the two years before the war it was equipped with four different types of aircraft, starting with the Hawker Audax, then the Avro Anson, followed by the Bristol Blenheim and finally the Handley Page Hampden, the same aircraft flown by my late Father.The squadron went to war with the Hampden, with the first operation over Germany coming on 24 February 1940. The squadron would spend the rest of the war operating as a night bomber squadron with Bomber Command. We suspect Macintyre presented this item when he left the squadron having been posted to 44 Squadron at Helmswell . Sadly on an Op to Hamburg on 29 July 1940 his aircraft was flying at 8,000 ft over Hamburg and collided with a barrage balloon cable crashing in the target area . Whilst his crew got out and were captured he died in the crash and it is likely by staying with his crippled aircraft he enabled the crew to live;we will never know . The samovar is made from silver plate and whilst this shows a little wear it is generally in very nice condition and is complete with spirit burner and interior fittings . Measures 12” high (31 cm )


4336 WAAF WW11 Airwoman's Other Ranks Cap - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF WW11 Airwoman's Other Ranks Cap - A very crisp and increasingly hard to find example in a large 7 1/8th size and dated 1942. The cloth is in generally very good condition with just a few very minor darns and fitted with a good kings Crown brass OR badge to the front. The leather peak shows a small amount of general service wear .Inside the crown head lining is missing ( as is often the case ) but this does not detract. Interestingly under the green inside of the peak is written ACW Bolan as well as a further name ACW Allen and the number 26. Whilst no provenance was included when we purchased this cap we have found on line an ACW Boland who in 1946 stayed at her post when working as a switch girl when the building in which she was working caught fire on her base at Crosby Park , Albion. Having calmly phoned the fire brigade she returned to the blazing hut to save some office files from the inferno. We have a copy of a relating newspaper report headlined ‘WAAF Defies flames to call Brigade’ with a picture of ACW Bolan wearing her cap . This may or may not be the same one but it would be nice to think it was! With the re enactment season just getting underway this would be a great addition but it would also sit very happily within a serious WW11 RAF/WAAF collection . First WAAF cap we have had here for ages so grab it whilst you can!

6047 RAF Propeller tip relic - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Propeller tip relic - We purchased this item privately and the story handed down within the family was that it was recovered from a WW11 crash site in Yorkshire and came from a propeller fitted to an Airspeed Oxford. Whilst we can not authenticate this provenance we do have a complete Oxford propeller just in and the shape and dimensions certainly seem to conform to support this story . The tip, which is in very good condition seeing what it has been through, is made from laminated hardwood and is then covered in a doped fabric and is finished in original RAF colour of black with a yellow tip and with the benefit of a polished brass leading edge. The tip measures 16” long ( 41 cm) and 6 1/2” across at the base ( 16cm) so a perfect display size in an appropriate collection and certainly easier to post than the full sized version!
6349 Luftwaffe LKu 4 Gyro Kompass by Siemens - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe LKu 4 Gyro Kompass by Siemens - Whilst no data plate is attached we believe the model number is FL22561 and could have been fitted to the instrument panel of a range of WW11 Luftwaffe aircraft including JU-88, He-111 and Me110 . This instrument, whilst for sale as a collectors item, seems to be in good clean condition . K 126 is painted on the facia plate with makers details below and on the base it is marked ‘Bei eingedrucktem Knopf’ and ‘Kurssteuerung ausgekuppelt.’ The control knob bottom left operates the lower gyro compass card whilst the knob bottom right operates the top card. Below the compass card is a clear window containing a ball bearing which we assume is a turn and bank indicator . The ball moves freely but suspect this window would have originally contained damper oil which is now missing. The back of the instrument shows access for a power source as well as a multi pin male plug connecting point with terminals marked 1-12 . The instrument measures 5 1/4” x 4 3/4” x 6 3/4” ( 14cm x 12 cm x 16 cm deep.)


6350 RAF WW11 Floating Dinghy Knife - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF WW11 Floating Dinghy Knife - An excellent example issued as part of the larger multi place H, Q and J type survival dinghies used on multi crew aircraft . Curved stainless steel blade with rounded 'safety' end to avoid inadvertently puncturing the inflation tubes of the dinghy. . The buoyant cork handle and lanyard ensured the knife wouldn't be lost overboard. The blade is in near perfect condition and is marked with stores reference number 27C/2023 . The original lanyard is attached and shows some age staining . The knife is complete with leather scabbard and canvas backer , which carries stores reference number 27C/2024. These essential items of emergency equipment are becoming increasingly hard to find
5557 RAF First Aid Outfit for Air Crews - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF First Aid Outfit for Air Crews - This example is in near mint condition and is as issued and has never been opened, so is complete with it’s original contents . These packs were specifically issued to Aircrew and designed to slip into the field dressing leg pocket of RAF Battledress or flying suit. They were designed primarily to provide emergency treatment for burns and the contents , which is clearly detailed on the rubberised khaki fabric , includes anti- burn mittens , anti-burn jelly, wound dressings, safety pins together with instructions for use . The pack also carries a warning message stating ‘Do not use anti-burn jelly with the mittens’. The package had to be torn to open from any of the four corners . Fortunately the owner of this example never had cause to make use of it and unlike many has not been opened post war by inquisitive hands ! An identical outfit is illustrated in Mick Prodger’s excellent 'Flying Equipment of the Air War 1939-45' on page 108 . Nicely stamped with Red Cross and AM and Kings Crown property marks. Slight fading and minor stains but a scarce and complete example . Clearly for sale as a collectors item and not to be used for its original purpose. This example would grace any serious RAF collection .
2660 Air Ministry Oil Can by T.E. Bladon - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Oil Can by T.E. Bladon - A brass example with a curved spout with a threaded tip . The base of the spout is clearly stamped with the makers name T.E.Baldon (who also made oil lamps for the railways). This example carries an impressive Kings Crown and AM (Air Ministry ) property mark and is dated 1938 so was clearly used in the RAF and would have served throughout WW 11 . The reservoir of the can is accessed by a removable threaded plug on the base . On removing this we could still smell traces of the original contents .No doubt this was an essential piece of kit in an RAF 'Erk’s' tool box.Sadly no history with this one but no doubt it has a story to tell! Measures 9 ” (23 cm)
2403 RAF Bomb Armourers Tool No7 Mk1 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Bomb Armourers Tool No7 Mk1 - This is the first example of this scarce instrument that we have had here.It is marked on the grip 'Gauge Cavity Detr. A/C Bomb no 7 Mk 1’,dated 3/41 and also marked C.E.Co. It is also stamped with GN 12 contained within a circle. These tools were used in the arming sheds prior to fitting the fuses and detonators by the armourers to check the cavity in the nose of bombs and also pistol in tail to make sure correct fuse is fitted prior to the ordinance being armed and loaded prior to an ‘Op.’ Made from solid brass ( we assume to avoid sparks ) and this would have formed an essential part of an armourer kit . We can supply a period image of the tool in use on request . Measures 8” (20 cm)
6344 Air Ministry Tyre Pressure Gauge by Kismet - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Tyre Pressure Gauge by Kismet - Here we have another very fine RAF instrument in its original leather case marked ‘Tyre Gauge Kismet Special 20-120 LBS’. The gauge itself is engraved with a crisp AM (Air Ministry ) and Kings Crown property mark and ‘Kesmet Special Giant Model ’ although being quite a modest size we feel this description is a bit of a misnomer! We checked the the patent nos 532760 and this was applied for on 7th September 1939 and this was granted on 30 January 1941 so like other items listed on the site today this instrument almost certainly has a Battle of Britain period provenance. The maker is shown as William Turner & Brothers Ltd of Sheffield. The extending pressure scale covers tyre pressures from 10-120 P.S.I. Whilst this may be in working order for sale here as an RAF collectable only .
Measures 5.5” ( 13.5 cm)

1541 RAF Syringe Petrol stores Reference 1C/5251 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Syringe Petrol stores Reference 1C/5251 - Anther great instrument from the very early days of the RAF . It appears never to have been issued and comes in its original card box still marked with the stores reference details shown above .The top plate is marked ‘Tested R & L 3’and below AM (Air Ministry) and a Kings Crown and 1928 which we assume to be the date of manufacture.We believe these tools were used for priming aircraft engines and whilst for sale as a collectable it seems to be in perfect condition and comes with a removable brass spout. Measures 11.5” with spout fitted (29 cm)
6357 Battle of Britain period Air Ministry Spanner - Click for the bigger picture SoldBattle of Britain period Air Ministry Spanner - An excellent issued example nicely marked with a large AM ( Air Ministry ) and Kings Crown property mark and dated 1940. The reverse confirms the dual size in BSW ( British Standard Whitworth) in the old Imperial measurement scale devised in 1841 .Interestingly one end has been damaged in use and skilfully braised so it safe to assume this spanner served its time back in the summer of 1940!
measures 6.5” (17 cm )
3417 RFC Trench Art Shell case - Click for the bigger picture SoldRFC Trench Art Shell case - This example , like the match box case we have listed today, carries a Royal Flying Corps NCO and Other Ranks cap badge engraving with laurel leaves ,Kings Crown and RFC monogram to the front . The reverse is engraved with a four bladed propeller in somewhat naïve form with the dates 1912-18 below . The shell case, has been fired, is fully numbered on the base with P.D.P.s 190 and dated 9.16; it is also marked 37-85 and carries a logo of a small round bomb with flames above .We understand the P.D.Ps indicate it was made by Pinchart Denys, Paris (the largest manufacturer of shell casings in France ), 37 confirms a 37 mm calibre, 85 represents 1885, the year this type of shell was first introduced, 190 the manufacturing lot number and the date of production is September 1916. We have priced this and the match box cover separately but we can offer a 10% discount if both items are purchased together. Measures 3.75" (9.5 cm)
3416 Royal Flying Corps Trench Art matchbox holder - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Flying Corps Trench Art matchbox holder - Small but beautifully formed ! Fashioned from battlefield brass scrap the font is engraved with a Royal Flying Corps NCO and Other Ranks cap badge with laurel leaves ,Kings Crown and RFC monogram. The reverse side is egraved with a WW1 Iron Cross with an imperial crown , ‘W’ and the date 1914 .Both front back and spine area carry incised lines to highlight the engraving . Sadly no history although this item came with the engraved trench art shell case we are also listing today. Measures 2.5" x 1.25" (6 cm x 4 cm)
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